Meet the Executive Team

Michael Atkinson, Executive Director
Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson’s entire academic career has involved public policy and political institutions as a researcher, teacher and commentator. He began in a conventional way, working mostly on parliamentary institutions in the Canadian provinces and at the federal level. In the 1980s his energies shifted toward public policy, especially industrial policy, and he co-authored, with William Coleman, papers and a UT Press book that argued for a policy networks approach within a political economy framework. In the 1990s Atkinson shifted once again, this time toward the study of political corruption and political ethics. His interest in this topic goes back to graduate student days, but he has pursued it with more attention during the last several years, seeking answers to behavioural questions. In the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School these various strands of work have come together. Research with his colleague Murray Fulton has emphasized a behavioural economics approach to public sector management issues, such as compensation, and to political ethics; his teaching has alternated between public administration and higher education policy. As executive director, he has been able to draw on his experience as the provost of the University of Saskatchewan to facilitate relations with government and help establish the school as a genuine collaboration between the provinces’ two universities.

Contact information:

Phone: (306) 966-1984

For more information on Dr. Atkinson, please visit his profile page.

Kathleen McNutt, Associate Director
Kathleen McNutt

As associate director at the JSGS U of R campus, Kathleen's current research interests focus on digital government, climate policy and energy. She is currently embarking on a research program looking at the impact of social media on policy processes, the public sector and governance. In addition, she is examining the potential of integrated digital strategies (web, mobile, social media) to improve public engagement. McNutt regularly facilitates workshops for the school's executive training program. Kathleen teaches various public policy courses at the school including policy analysis, advanced policy analysis, program evaluation and gender based analysis. She has recently been published in such academic journals as Governance, Energy Policy, Internet and Policy, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Journal of Political Sciences.

Contact information:

Phone: (306) 585-4759

For more information on Dr. McNutt, please visit her profile page.

Dan Perrins, Director of Outreach and Training
Dan Perrins

As director of Outreach and Training of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Dan Perrins is able to draw on his experience as a long time public servant with the Government of Saskatchewan. In his 36 years with the province, he started as a frontline social worker before going on to hold a number of increasingly senior positions in Social Services, Health, Education, Post-Secondary Education and Skill Training, concluding his career as the Deputy Minister to the Premier and Head of the Public Service. Perrins is based at the University of Regina where he is responsible for the facilitation of many of our Outreach and Training seminars, lecturing extensively on public administration, social policy and the machinery of government. Dan has been awarded the Queen's Gold Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Institute of Public Administration Canada's Lieutenant Governor General's Medal for Distinguished Service. He also serves as chair of the St. Thomas More College Board at the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Board of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Perrins is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the School of Social Work, University of Regina.

Contact information:

Phone: (306) 585-5864

For more information on Mr. Perrins, please visit his profile page.